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. the embassy of the united states of cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided vinls to hurt the rely jougs feelings of muslims as we condemn efforts to hurt all believers. before the attacks had begun and american fatalities. it seems to me like a reasonable statement of people trying to keep the peace and prevent attack on the embassy. do you think there was anything out of line about this statement or do you think this was a reasonable thing for an embassy in cairo to be doing? >> this was an absolutely reasonable thing for the embassy in cairo to be doing. politics in the united states notwithstanding. i would have issued or had authorized my public affairs staff to issue a similar statement for what essentially was a demonstration and try to calm things without knowledge, of course, how this violence was going to break out next door in libya. listen, i can't put myself in the shoes of the ambassador of egypt. i don't know what exactly she knew or didn't know at the time when the statement was issued. the fact of the matter is there is obviously question over whether it was cleare
and millions of their citizens want to build futures in the united states. there's no argument from me there on american exceptionalism, but you argue it's not our ideals tt make us exceptional. what do you mean by that? >> i do think so some extent it's our ideals. arabs express tremendous admiration for our ideals and principles and institution of our government. they're outraged by the gap that they perceive between the pay in which we live here in the united states and our conduct in their part of the world. all that being said, we're left with the situation in the middle east right now where no other country has the capacity to do the kinds of things that the united states can do. no other country has the capacity to help the arab world in the ways that the united states can help the arab world, and that's why you still see people like president mohamed morsi, the first civilian elected islamic president of egypt. the muslim brotherhood has a long history of being opposed to the u.s. relations but seeking debt relief and help from the imf. other countries look to the united states
that are going on. resentment over the failure of the united states to act more forcefully in syria. the contest, the intramural contest between elements of the muslim brotherhood in egypt and the more radical elements of the islamic extremists who are trying to hijack the revolution away from the moderate muslim brotherhood, which is part of the problem. there is this residual belief that there are americans still at war with islam and those who want to burn the koran. there's still this gulf of misunderstanding between what arabs actually believe the united states feels about the role of islam in the middle east and what actually is taking place. there are so many cross currents it's almost impossible to put your finger on one or two things. the bottom line however, is that america's standing in the region has deteriorated for a variety of reasons that would take a book to quantify at this point. >> marc, there's been a huge change in tone on the part of the egyptian government i would say since president obama's call to president morsi the other day. morsi comes down and calls the protesters
there? >> it goes to the question about american influence, and the reality is that the united states has declining influence in the region. that's in many ways natural in part because these are blossoming democracies that want to claim their own political future. but it's -- the anti-americanism is in part because they don't understand why the united states can't prevent the kind of film that was released. they don't fully understand what freedom of the press means, and that we have limited recourse. so this is a problem. this may not be the last incident. there are tensions -- in the same way, you know, muslims don't understand why we can't do anything, americans assume bh there's a protest like this, this means that all muslims are against the united states. i don't think that's true. they value our freedoms and the kind of lifestyle we lead, even if they don't want to be influenced heavily by the united states. >> you talk about the declining influence of the united states. at the beginning of his term president obama made a big show of reaching out to the muslim world with his sp
cannot afford a break between the united states and egypt when it comes too maintaining that peace treat treaty. >> jacques on the point about the government and egypt being responsive to the mood of the street, we're talking about how sort of reluctant morsi has been to issue a really sort of clear denuns yags of what happened and how to sort of discourage the protests. i want to put this picture on the screen. this is in libya. there was a young man who held up a sign after the attacks that said, sorry, people of america, this is not the behavior of our islam and prophet. there's an attitude on the street in libya. on you prevalent is that attitude in the muslim world and why you don't hear more it? >> it's prevalent but there's complete chaos and confusion there. we had the director of intelligence who referred to the muslim brotherhood in egypt as largely secular. we use these distinctions, and i quite honest don't think we as americans have a very, very accurate understanding of what these parties think about when they think the united states. it's becoming very, very clear that the
. the coalition of governments is ing iran untae. 's t united states will do what they must to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> the president is taking an unconventional role in u.n. week, opting not to hold by lateral meetings. sil clinton's cking secretary calendar full of those meetings. meanwhile they're zeroing in where they called the recent events in the middle east bumps in the road i was pretty certain and contue to be pyer that there are going to be bumps in the road. >> iran is on the cusp of having a nuclear capability. we have tu malt in syria and also pakistan. i don't condehe bumps in the road. >> both men spoke at the clinton global initiative speaking out against forced labor and sex trafficking and romney laying out his plan for a pros pair path. lestarat tle so, steve, you have a theory for why foreign policy the talk of the town this week. >> well, because it's u.n. week. i mean that's the obvious. 'roi o on a limb here. >> i'm glad we built this up. i wouldn't be surprised if it's still something they're talking about after u.n. week and it strikes me that th
in particular is a serious thing. you're president of the united states almost four years. you get into discussions and debate about policy. your staff may disagree, but there's an element of deference. you're a commander in chief. suddenly the job of the debate is to break that all down and take it apart and get them to become again someone who does it. the real trick in debates is to get under your opponent's skin. you get them to crack, that demonstrates the lack of confidence people like to see in the president. one of the ways to get under the president's skin is to treat him less than you might treat a president normally, a little less effort. the stats have to break them down and get them used to that. >> the debate game begins before the game begins, and we're in the pregame right now where everyone is lowering expectations and stay they're guy is not as good as you thought he was and the other guy is really good. explain how that's part of the whole game, and ultimately if you do better than people think you would have done, that's a victory if you don't defeat them. >> th
president of the united states. >> let me ask you this question because i think boris is committed to a dilutional narrative here. i think this is a very problematic statement for mitt romney. it's wrong on the facts. it shows disdain for about half the electorate. i think he really does need to come out. a lot of good advisers asked him before these comments came out to come out and give a big policy speech to refocus the campaign, to let the american people what a romney presidency would really look like. to me, this is the moment to do it. not so much to lay out a policy position but to lay out his philosophy. right now it looks like disdain for the poor and elderly. he needs to be honest about what exactly is his narrative framework? what is driving him? >> he needs to take a quick breath to look like he's delivers this speem simply to quiet the stories around. he needs to come out and give a seerts policy speech that addresses foreign policy, dick policy. i think he need to be the first person in this campaign to really address the idea of poverty because obama essentially ign
and speaking on behalf of the president of the united states. we'll hear from john kerry around 9:00. a lot of people saying he could be the next secretary of state of the united states. then, of course, vice president joe biden. always interesting, krystal, introducing the president. >> certainly. and luke, speaking of joe biden, he is no bill clinton, but they do have a similar style in a way. they both sort of prefer ad libbing to the teleprompter. john heilman said, in a business full of blow dried atom tons, he, biden, is a vivid, authentic human being. i was wondering, what do you think we can expect from joe biden tonight? >> interestingly enough, the fact joe biden is speaking in the 9:00 p.m. hour is fascinating. usually vice presidents get their own primetime address. the obama campaign saw fit to put him in the 9:00 p.m. what's his best strength for president obama? it's connecting to white, working class voters. you often hear the story from joe biden. just a kid from scranton, p.a., trying to make it in the tough, tough world. that's the message he'll resonate on the president'
with the united states and the iran situatn because you have is clyca all say id he prefers mitt romney to be president and actions and words probably designed to help romney. on the other hand, you have barack the defense minister trying to help obama with the public words and statements. >> i think brack -- >> how will that dice ct b the november election result here? >> i don't think it will be very -- i mean, it might affect the jewish pulation vote more or less but i don't think ehud barack, the defense minister endorsed -- >> when you have netanyahu going out of the way to talk about -- present the image of strained relations and then choosg to go plic and say israel's never usanarobtter friend ithe whi th s -- >> when you are prime minister, you have the upper hand. you're the voice of the country. you are the most important man. you know, when jimmy carter used to say, isrl has no morn policy and only domestic policy. this time in htorye s sody interfering and clearly endorsing one of the sides and it's never happened in the history. and it's doing it in a very delicate moment f
the president of the united states needs mr. clinton to help him with that narrow sliver of undecided voters, especially women ages 30 to 50 who grew up with bill clinton as sort of their teenage or childhood president. that's important. the second thing is is that bill clinton and hillary clinton need barack obama. they need him to perform strongly and to do well, because if barack obama loses and loses on the scale of a carter, that is very bad for the democratic brand for years to come and that is not helpful to a, perhaps, nominee or presidential candidate hillary clinton. so on many levels, this is -- they are living vicariously off each other and through each other, and as i said to a buddy of mine back stage a minute ago, clearly they are carrying each other's bags now and that's probably not a bad thing for today's politics. >> one of the interesting tidbits in this new yorker story looks at the -- pardon me. one of the interesting tidbits, sorry, i was hearing something in my ear there. one of the interesting tidbits looks at clinton's strategic advice to barack obama. look, you att
deliver -- deliver o 13ct vhe next president of the united states, barack obama, and the united states senate seat tim kaine. >> i love that you're continuing our football analogy for us there. in virginia, obviously, i'm a native virginian in the northern virginia are a biltalifntn the st of the state. are the campaigning using different messages to connect with voters in different parts of the state? >> i haven't seen that. i think the president's message of investing in education and an infrastructure to create good jobs and a sinno t future resonates in four corners of commonwealth, whether in northern virginia or hampton road or southwestern virginia. i was pleased the president was in virginia beach today. hampton road is an area where our msage will resonate. itlatro are in hampton road. i think his message resonates. he's putting forward a message and a plan for the future. it's working in virginia. i suspect it will continue to work right up through the election. >> brian, you talk a little bit rg tes it so tionf purple? >> yeah. well, we tend to be center to right in our poli
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it on tape for the first time a political party in the united states, major political party comes out with guy marriage. this is an unequivocal call, a call for comprehensive immigration reform. again, driving up support among those groups. that's the news out of here today. the other thing i would just mention, i was going to hold up some buns for you guys, that i picked up down here. msnbc is putting pictures of all of the much buttons and people around here, the crowd here, can pick out their favorite one. i was going to bring krystal and toure and s.e. i stopped by the counter and they said, those are all sold out. we have a about a dozen of the kornacki ones left. >> right. >> that not true. >> i know that's not true. >> i shutter to think what they are doing with my buttons down there. let's bring in former -- >> he are pushing your buttons. >> let's bring in ed rendell, when al gore was running and he was named america's governor. governor, how is the dnc this year? we remember the pageant try of 2008. how does the dnc this year celebrate the president, celebrate the party, cel
information in may that there was a cell in the united states that was planning to strike. they were getting information that it was going to be a big operation. there were going to be mass casualties. one of the big problems you had, though, was getting past the level of disbelief. you have to remember that the bush administration came in. the republicans had been out of the white house. during that time national security went from countries to being about guys on the tops of mountains in afghanistan. they just didn't buy it. so when you had the cia coming in and saying al qaeda, the pentagon pushed back and said, no, no. it's a fake. bin laden isn't a real threat. he's just trying to gin stuff up so we don't pay attention to iraq. >> kurt, speaking of iraq, one of the things that i'm still trying to figure out is how exactly and why exactly we ended up going to war with iraq. can you take us behind the scenes in that decision-making process? >> the decision-making process was really ugly. there are a few things that come out in "500 days." one is that the defense intelligence agency did an
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